Doda: The revered Kailash Kund Yatra, an annual pilgrimage steeped in tradition, began on Monday in the charming town of Bhaderwah, Jammu and Kashmir. This sacred journey originates from the ancient Vasuki Nag temple nestled amidst the picturesque, Bhaderwah’s Gatha. Thousands of pilgrims embark on a challenging and laborious 21-kilometer trek to reach the sacred Kailash Kund, located at an altitude of 14,700 feet in the rugged Kailash Mountains Range of Doda district. This spiritual expedition is a testament to the enduring Nag Culture.
The Yatra commenced with the departure of the “Charri Mubarak” (holy mace) from the centuries-old Vasuki Nag temple at Gatha (Bhaderwah) Doda. Pilgrims traverse a path that winds through coniferous forests adorned with pine, fir, and cedar trees. Along the journey, they navigate rolling meadows, steep ascents, and rocky terrain before reaching the plains at the base of Mount Kablas. The Seoz Dhar meadows, known for their lush green grass, offer respite amidst dense forests and babbling brooks came across the long distance yatra to give peaceful and stunning view, to yatries to lessen their tidiness.
The district administration Doda, under the vigilant leadership of Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Mahajan, has meticulously arranged for the smooth conduction and proper coordination of the Yatra. Security, accommodations, water, electricity, lighting, and firewood have all been diligently provided. This annual pilgrimage not only exemplifies devotion but also showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of the region.
DC Doda Vishesh Mahajan and SSP Doda Abdul Qayoom also actively participated in the holy Yatra, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring its success. Their presence added a sense of security during the journey. Moreover, they played a pivotal role in organizing the ‘Langer’ arrangements, providing nourishing meals to the pilgrims, fostering a sense of camaraderie among all participants.
Kailash Kund Yatra 2023 is scheduled from September 11th to 13th September, following the traditional calendar in North India. This holy journey, with its serene landscapes and sacred rituals, holds profound significance for devotees seeking blessings from the ‘Serpent God’ Vasuki Nag associated with Lord Shiva.